The Man from Shadow Creek by Rachel Armstrong is a suspenseful rural romance set in Australia .
This is the second book in The Shadow Creek series. However, you don’t need to have read the first to enjoy the characters and story – the book stands alone well.
Adam Maguire, good looking bachelor, and town bad boy, parties hard on his birthday. He wakes up alone in Elizadale Memorial Park with no memory of who he had partied with or even exactly what he had done. With the worst hangover ever, and worried about his lack of memory, he wonders if his drink had been spiked. He seriously hopes his actions will not come back to haunt him.
Shocked by his actions, Adam decides, now he is 28 it is time to rethink and take life more seriously. Some months prior he had made a clean break with his ex. Now he will focus on his woodworking skill and develop his business.
Dr. Natalia Hamilton has left Sydney to take a 2-year position in the small rural community of Elizadale. Natalia desperately needs a new start. She has lost her confidence after suffering sexual harassment at her previous workplace. Elizadale is where her sister Ana has settled after meeting her soul mate Liam, and it should be the perfect place for Natalia to recharge and find her old self.
Dating is the last thing on her mind.
Ana is showing Natalia around the town when Adam pulls up on his motorbike. The obvious chemistry between Adam and Natalia has Ana worried.
As their romance develops, for the first time in his life Adam thinks about settling down. Natalia is the love of his life.
But, what happened on Adam’s birthday and will the consequences of that night destroy the developing love between Adam and Natalia?
This is an excellent read. It is Adam and Natalia’s emotional journey and their love story.
The book is well-written and the characters are very relatable. The book is hard to put down with plenty of suspense and twists which keep you turning the pages.
In a sensitive way, the book handles sexual abuse, harassment, and entrapment in the workplace and social settings.
An added bonus is Rachel Armstrong is an exercise physiologist in cardiac rehabilitation. She has used Natalia’s character to promote healthy eating.
Thank you to Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read this excellent book.
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